by Steve Lague

Volvo Penta will unveil its new compact D2-60 engine, which forms part of its expanded 13-75hp range, at the Dusseldorf Boat Show that opens tomorrow.

The new four-cylinder D2-60 is available for both S-drive and shaft installations and is suitable for sail yachts and other displacement boats that require compact diesel engines.

The 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbo charged engine is charge air-cooled using a camdriven, in-line injection pump, and freshwater cooling.

It has an output of 60hp at its maximum engine speed of 3000 rpm. According to Volvo the lightweight provides excellent fuel consumption, and low noise and vibration.

Jan Wiese, sales manager for Volvo Penta in Germany, said the smooth running and low vibration levels were able to be achieved because of the dynamically-balanced design that incorporated highly efficient rubber isolation. He said at lower engine speeds the inlet air silencer reduced noise levels which also contributed to increased onboard comfort.

The D2-60 comes standard with high-capacity charging. The 115A alternator has an electronic sensor that enables a higher battery capacity. Even at idle speed, the alternator gives more than 35A, and at cruising speed it delivers 100A.

It also is compliant with European Union Recreational Craft Directive Stage 2 (RCD II) emissions regulations, as are all engines in the company’s marine leisure range, and meets EPA Tier 3 emissions standards.

RCD II regulations came into force in January and are applicable to all engine-powered leisure watercraft of 2.5m to 24m (except racing boats, hydrofoils and hovercraft) and relate to both exhaust and noise emissions. The engine is also compliant with the US EPA Tier 3 emissions standards.

“The new D2-60 is an important part of our extended range of compact diesel engines and makes us highly competitive in the market for small craft,” Jan Wiese, sales manager for Volvo Penta in Germany, said.

“We’re excited to be revealing it for the first time to a global audience in Düsseldorf and we look forward to showing exactly how it can enhance the boating experience.”